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Mars Society SoCal Hi-Desert Chapter to Hold Inaugural Meeting (Apr. 7)

SoCal (Southern California) Hi-Desert Chapter Mars Society Inaugural Meeting – April 7, 2018 Join us for a free, community-interest exploration meeting on Saturday, April 7, 2018 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) at the Yucca Valley Community Center (Joshua Tree Room), 57090 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA (with available parking in the rear). Agenda: 10:00 am Introductions • Dean Arvidson, Professor, Astronomy and Physics • James Melton, PhD, Author, Red Planet Leadership • Kenneth Wright, Professor, Astronomy and Physics 10:15… READ MORE >

CalTech’s Vlada Stamenković to Talk about Mars Evolution at Mars Society Convention [3.21.18]

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Vlada Stamenković, the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Fellow (CalTech) and JPL Research Associate, will give a presentation about the evolution of the Red Planet during the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for August 23-26 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Serving as a post-doctoral scholar in Geophysics and Geobiology, Dr. Stamenković explores the fundamental principles of geophysics and the co-evolution of planets and life on Earth and… READ MORE >

Scenario of the Sirius 18/19 4-Month Mission

1.  Introduction Mission scenario contains a description of the 4-month IBMP-NASA isolation study on the SIRIUS project. The document represents the mission goals and a number of supporting works aimed at creation of the analog environment for simulation of a mission to the Moon. In the course of two weeks before the mission launch crew members will make themselves at home in the ground test facility (NEK) and be familiarized with composition of different systems including elements of control and… READ MORE >

MDRS Crew 189 – Final Mission Report [3.14.18]

MDRS Crew 189 – Final Mission Report The following is the final summary report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 189 (ISAE – SUPAERO). A full review of this field season’s activities at MDRS will be presented at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for August 23-26, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center (Pasadena, California). MDRS End of Mission Report Crew 189 – ISAE SUPAERO February-March 2018 1)   Introduction a- MDRS 189 mission origins Crew Member / Country… READ MORE >

Successful SEA Legislative Blitz Visits Capitol Hill [3.12.18]

Successful SEA Legislative Blitz Visits Capitol Hill   The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) held its annual grassroots visit to Washington, D.C. in late February, convening dozens of volunteers from across the country to spend two days meeting with members of Congress and their aides on Capitol Hill. The purpose of the SEA Legislative Blitz is to advocate for a strong bi-partisan commitment to the U.S. space program, leading to the expanded exploration and development of the solar system.   SEA… READ MORE >

Michael Meyer, NASA Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, to Address Mars Society Convention [4.10.18]

Michael Meyer, NASA Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, to Address Mars Society Convention  The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, will give a plenary talk about the agency’s current and future planning for Mars missions at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for August 23-26, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. A Senior Scientist at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., Dr. Meyer oversees the Mars… READ MORE >

Crew 189 Awarded MDRS Mission Scholarship [4.8.18]

Crew 189 Awarded MDRS Mission Scholarship The Mars Society and its Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) management team are pleased to announce that MDRS Crew 189, currently at the Utah station, was selected to receive full scholarships for their three-week field simulation. This is the first time that the organization has awarded an entire crew the MDRS mission scholarship. Crew 189, a team of seven students from ISAE SUPAERO, the first aerospace engineering school in France, was notified by Mars Society staff… READ MORE >

Wanted: Creative Artists for 2018 Mars Society Poster Contest

Wanted: Creative Artists for 2018 Mars Society Poster Contest The 2018 Mars Society Poster Contest kicks off today. Members and friends alike are invited to submit a poster for consideration, with the winning design to be used as the main promotional graphic for the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for August 23-26 at the Pasadena Convention Center (Pasadena, California). Those intending to create a poster for the annual competition are asked to incorporate the main theme of this… READ MORE >

[R.Zubrin Op-Ed] A Purpose-Driven Space Program?

A Purpose-Driven Space Program? By Dr. Robert Zubrin, National Review, 03.02.18 On February 12th the Trump administration revealed its proposed budget for NASA. While the $19 billion in total funding provided was not much different from the levels approved by the Obama and Bush administrations, the new plan did manage to increase the incoherence in space-agency thinking to truly remarkable levels. Particularly outstanding examples of illogic were the administration’s decisions to cancel the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) while proceeding… READ MORE >

[R.Zubrin Op-Ed] What the SpaceX Success Means for the Moon, Mars, and More

By Robert Zubrin The Weekly Standard, 02.16.18 On February 6, 2018, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy took flight, demonstrating a capacity to lift 60 tons to low Earth orbit while playfully sending a Tesla Roadster on a trajectory that will take it beyond the orbit of Mars. To add to the coup, two of the Falcon’s three booster stages flew back to land gracefully together at the Cape, while the third barely missed pulling off a recovery landing on a drone… READ MORE >

Call for Papers – 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention

Call for Papers 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention August 23-26, 2018, Pasadena Convention Center Presentations for the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 30, 2018 to: The Mars Society, 11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215 or via email to: abstracts@marssociety.org… READ MORE >

Save the Date – 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention will be convened August 23-26, 2018 at the picturesque Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. The four-day international conference will bring together key scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, journalists and space advocates to discuss the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could impact on planning for the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. The Pasadena Convention Center is conveniently… READ MORE >

Mars Society President Robert Zubrin Applauds SpaceX Falcon Heavy Success

“Today SpaceX achieved a spectacular and historic success.  Seven years ago, the Augustine commission said that NASA’s Moon program had to be cancelled, because the development of the necessary heavy lift booster would take 12 years and 36 billion dollars. SpaceX has now done that, on its own dime, in half the time and a twentieth of the cost. And not only that, but the launch vehicle is three quarters reusable. This is a revolution. The naysayers have been completely… READ MORE >

NatGeo: Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet. By Michael Greshko National Geographic, 01.11.18 At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s geologic history, and it may shape how future humans on Mars get their water. “This is a new window into ground ice on Mars,” says Colin Dundas,… READ MORE >

End of 2017 Letter from Robert Zubrin

End of the Year Letter From Dr. Robert Zubrin Dear Friend, We live in interesting times with regard to human Mars exploration. I can’t remember a period in which the issue of humans-to-Mars has been so front and center, both in terms of significant progress being made with the actual Mars launch infrastructure, engineering and planning, as well as growing public discussion and excitement about the possibility of humans going to the Red Planet. Things are definitely happening, and the Mars… READ MORE >

Help Needed for Intern Housing at MDRS

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that we are finally able to offer student interns the opportunity to come to our Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) campus in Utah to work on projects related to their educational and career goals.  We are very excited to have another way for students dedicated to working in the space sector to gain valuable experience in human spaceflight and living on the Red Planet. These MDRS interns will not be part of a… READ MORE >

In Memoriam: Alain Souchier

In Memoriam: Alain Souchier Alain Souchier, President and founding member of Association Planète Mars, the French chapter of the Mars Society, passed away on December 13th at the age of 70 as a consequence of severe cardiovascular problems that began a year ago. His close friend and collaborator, Richard Heidmann, provided the following comments about Alain and his life: A space propulsion engineer who graduated from the prestigious École Centrale Paris, Alain devoted his long career to the propulsion systems… READ MORE >

Get Involved – Project Mars Competition

Get Involved – Project Mars Competition Join NASA’s Orion and Space Launch Systems teams and SciArt Exchange in visualizing humans venturing into deep space, to the Moon and beyond to Mars. Interested college students and early career professionals worldwide are invited to submit short films and graphic art about this mission, what astronauts may see, and their dreams for the future of exploration. Entries will be judged by film and graphics industry professionals and NASA astronauts. Winning entries will be… READ MORE >

Robert Zubrin Interview on Red Planet Radio Podcast

Robert Zubrin Interview on Red Planet Radio Podcast In the latest episode of Red Planet Radio, the official podcast of the Mars Society, President Dr. Robert Zubrin discusses the most recent scientific findings on the planet Mars, the new direction NASA is taking with the current administration and Elon Musk’s plans for the ITS and Mars exploration. As founder and long-time head of the Mars Society, Dr. Zubrin is one of the most outspoken voices for human Mars exploration and… READ MORE >

New Engineering Module Added to Mars Simulation Station in Utah

New Engineering Module Added to Mars Simulation Station in Utah The Mars Society welcomes another addition to its Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) campus in southern Utah with the installation of its new Repair & Assembly Module (RAM) near the main hab. The new stand-alone facility will serve as an engineering bay for the station, allowing crew members to engage in research while also helping maintain the growing fleet of electric ATV vehicles. To learn more about MDRS and its… READ MORE >

Mars Society & #GivingTuesday (11.28.17)

Mars Society & #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving to non-profit organizations. Please remember the Mars Society next Tuesday (November 28th) and give as much as you can to our organization to help broaden our humans-to-Mars efforts, including Mars surface simulation programs, an annual Mars… READ MORE >

MDRS Crew 182 – Final Mission Report

MDRS Crew 182 – Final Mission Report  The following is the final summary report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 182 (Team Peru V). A full review of this field season’s activities at MDRS will be presented at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention in 2018 (date and location to be announced in the near future). MDRS End of Mission Summary Crew 182 – Team Peru V Commander/GreenHab/Safety Officer: Atila Meszaros (Peru) Executive Officer/Crew Journalist/Scientist: Camila Castillo (Peru)… READ MORE >

Mars Society Partners with Marspedia Project to Help Build Mars Online Encyclopedia

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that it has joined the online Marspedia project started by two other space advocacy groups – The Mars Foundation and The Moon Society – in an effort to build out a great resource for people of all ages to learn more about the planet Mars, promote the human and robotic exploration of the Red Planet and encourage STEM education. The organization is striving to make Marspedia the one-stop shop for all information related to… READ MORE >

A Close-Up Look at Simulated Living on the Red Planet [Video]

[Video] A Close-Up Look at Simulated Living on the Red Planet The Mars Society is pleased to announce the release of a new short film entitled “Per Aspera Ad Astra” (“Through Difficulties to the Stars”) that provides a close-up look at the organization’s two long-running Mars surface simulation programs – the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in Canada. The seven-minute film revolves around the recently completed Mars 160 mission, which… READ MORE >

Help Set Up Mars Society Utah Chapter

As the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, the Mars Society is working to expand its public outreach by establishing a chapter in the state of Utah. Chapter work typically involves hosting local meetings, setting up exhibits at high schools, colleges and conferences and organizing Mars-related STEM projects for students. Other ideas are welcomed, and individual chapters are always encouraged to be creative and follow their own… READ MORE >